Enfield Genesis One launch

Mud carpet rolled out for Enfield Genesis One’s official launch

A cannon firing an oil bottle is an unusual way of christening a new rifle design, but it was certainly a memorable way to launch the Genesis One .308 straight-pull rifle on 5 August.

Owen Guns in Gympie, Queensland held the official launch of what is believed to be the first Queensland-designed and made rifle in 25 years.

Enfield Genesis One launch
The Genesis One was designed and built in Queensland and will be the beginning of a new industry there

The main store was full of people for much of the day, and pro-gun Gympie MP Tony Perrett was also present for the “christening” of the rifle via cannon.

Designer Ron Owen was keen to thank the team at Enfield Arms for their efforts over the past two-and-a-half years to bring the rifle to fruition, and said the rifle was the start of a new era.

“I have a vision and make a rough design for the crew … [then] everybody has input into getting those proof designs into a production rifle,” he said.

“The [name] Genesis is because this is the beginning of general [firearms] production in Gympie. You see, there’ll be Genesis Two, Genesis Three I suppose; we’ll be making mounts, muzzle breaks and bipods. It’s the start of an industry.

“I’m really proud of the team.”

While the aesthetics may not be to everyone’s taste, there is no doubting the rifle’s ruggedness – as part of the launch, a Genesis One fitted with a ZeroTech Vengeance 1-6x illuminated scope was thrown down stairs, run over with a 4WD and buried in mud. 

Enfield Genesis One launch
Dan Blyton, a member of the assembly team at Enfield Arms, shows off the fully functioning Genesis One (and ZeroTech scope) after brutal testing

The rifle was then test fired with five rounds of .308 and functioned flawlessly, despite the beating it had taken — and the scope was still functioning as well, including its illumination and turrets, and was confirmed to still be holding its zero.

A competition was held whereby entrants were invited to guess the exact weight of an unloaded, heavy-barrel .308 Genesis One, with the nearest guess (to the gram) winning one of the guns. The answer, it was revealed in the official weighing, was 4.165kg.

Enfield Genesis One launch
If you’d guessed the weight at 4165 grams, you’d have won this rifle

The rifle is available in .308, .243 Winchester and .223 Remington, and Ron has confirmed versions in .277 Sig Fury and .22LR are currently in development.

Our own Nick Harvey reviewed the Genesis One in the August 2023 edition of Sporting Shooter and had many positive things to say about the rifle.

The Genesis One is available now from dealers for $1595 for the heavy barrel version or $1695 for the lightweight barrel version, which weighs 1kg less than the standard rifle.

Enfield Genesis One launch




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Royce Wilson

Royce is something rare in Australia: A journalist who really likes guns. He has been interested in firearms as long as he can remember, and is particularly interested in military and police firearms from the 19th Century to the present. In addition to historical and collectible firearms, he is also a keen video gamer and has written for several major newspapers and websites on that subject.